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Preview — The Book of Dads by Ben George
The Book of Dads: Essays on the Joys, Perils, and Humiliations of Fatherhood
A COLLECTION OF TWENTY ESSAYS ABOUT THE JOB NO MAN CAN EVER BE TRULY PREPARED FOR: FATHERHOOD
"A generation of men reinvents fatherhood and discovers that beyond the anxiety, beyond the slip-ups and pratfalls, beyond the woeful self-revelations, beyond the burdens, beyond the diaper-changing and PTA meetings and tuition bills, beyond the unexpected intensity of the thing,...more
I think my biggest disconnect with this collection was the homogenous group of writers and stories. This isn't so much a collection of essays from dads as it is a collection of essays from writers who are dads…I guess that's the trick…writers write, but, I'd love some stories I could more closely relate to - stories from men with full time jobs, men...more
Enter The Book of Dads. Over this summer I’ve used t...more
“Want to sit around with some really sharp, articulate men and find out what scares the hell out of them and breaks their hearts and makes their existence worthwhile? Read this book.”
— Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling author of The Middle Place
“Finally a book for us. Being a father is harrowing, life affirming, traumatic, astonishing, and hysterically funny—the totality of which is captured in the...more
Ben George was more awkward that I would have expected from a man who had to work with all these authors and organize a whole book. Steve Almond was as sarcastic and slightly inappropriate as ever. And Jenny Boylan was delightful onstage (though a bit shifty one-on-one). Props to George for including her on a book of Dads.f
Favorite quote: "I'm a big fan of thumbs. I can't get enough thumbs" Ben George's flirty pilot brother.
Favorite visual: watching short, baldin...more
Many of the stories sounded too sentimental or a little over the top or trying to be funny - didn't work for me. It was better than I expected even after reading other reviews. Now I have definitely a softer spot for my father after knowing all these clumsy fathers' affection toward their kids.